One of the things we want to do on this site is to link to other good Bible study material online. Garland Robinson has long been providing such. He is the producer and editor of the periodical: Seek the Old Paths. The May 2018 issue is now available online. We recommend it to you for your study…
Study Guides for 1 Peter will help in the study of this important epistle from the Apostle Peter.There is a separate guide for each of the five chapters of 1 Peter. We have divided each guide into nine parts. Each includes outline, summary, commentary, applications, questions to answer, etc., and two puzzles.
The Apostle Peter obviously has concern for his brethren and wants to motivate them faithfully to endure persecution which will surely come (if not already present). Peter’s powerfully persuasive arguments should provide a strength to saints of all ages! He attempts to help the brethren to appreciate more their own salvation by showing others (prophets & angels) had/have great interest in it. Peter urges us to prepare for meeting temptations and persecutions and to keep it in perspective that these sufferings are only temporary. You will see Peter take us to the Cross to remind us of the great cost of our salvation. Also, we see the importance of having sincere love of our brethren, who have so many things in common with us.
A Summary of 1 Peter
“The basic message of 1 Peter concerns suffering. It is obvious that the people to whom Peter wrote were suffering because of their faith in Jesus Christ. Undoubtedly, this persecution took many different forms. We know that some of what they were subjected to involved being falsely charged with evil (1 Pet. 2:11-12). Those who have been wrongly accused of something know that it is not easy to endure. False accusations take a great toll on one emotionally. However, it seems that their suffering involved more than mere talk, for Peter calls it a “fiery trial” that was testing their faith (1 Pet. 4:12).
“One of the things Peter sets out to do in this epistle is to instruct God’s people on how to handle persecution. They must not react by retaliating (1 Pet. 2:21-25; 3:9), nor should they justify their adversaries by engaging in the things of which they are being accused (1 Pet. 4:15-16). Rather, he says, they must “put to silence the ignorance of foolish men” (1 Pet. 2:11-16) by living pure lives that do not justify the slander. Also, he says Christians should rejoice that they are suffering because they are Christians (1 Pet. 4:13).
“Not only is Peter instructing them on how to deal with suffering for the sake of one’s affiliation with Jesus, but above all else he teaches them that they must remain faithful to the very faith that is bringing the persecution. This is a high price to pay, and, undoubtedly, a price they had not counted on when they became disciples.
“If people are asked to pay a price, they must be convinced that what they are getting is worth the price they are paying. In this way 1 Pet. 1:1-12 fits into the persecution theme of this letter. These words are Peter’s effort to convince his readers that the Christian faith is worth holding on to despite their suffering. What does Peter tell them about Christianity that makes it worth suffering for? He tells them about the future hope they have as Christians (1 Pet. 1:3-4). Then, he tells them that their present trials will serve to prove that their faith is genuine (1 Pet. 1:5-9). Finally, he looks at Christianity from the past (1 Pet. 1:10-12). The prophets and even the angels were greatly interested in the faith they have had the honor of receiving.” [Summary & Theme are from: Gene Burgett, in Studies in 1 Peter, 2 Peter, and Jude, Edited by Dub McClish, Seventeenth Annual Denton Lectures, 1998, p. 29].
We produced these study guides for 1 Peter in combination with our radio program WALKING IN TRUTH. It is our goal to present on this site a study guide for each of the 260 New Testament chapters. We will post those study guides in the coming days to this site. If you benefit from these Study Guides for 1 Peter, will you please spread the word on social media by using the links below this post?
15 Bible periods appear obvious as one opens, reads, and studies the Bible. I do not know who first came up with this categorization. However, I know that it has been a GREAT help to me in my own personal Bible study to use the 15 periods of Bible history.
I was first exposed to these 15 Bible periods when I entered preaching school at Brown Trail in 1980. As we studied the course, “Old Testament Survey,” we were required to memorize these periods. We also were to place the 66 Bible books into the appropriate period.
Others have divided Bible history into more or less than 15 periods. This is the arrangement that makes the most sense to me. During ALL of these periods God was dealing with mankind. He has given to us an amazing record to study. There are many lessons for our consideration. Through this study, we can derive tremendous benefits.
It really does help a LOT to know HOW these Bible events hook into the recorded history of the world through God’s written revelation! I am confident that the study and then memorization of these 15 Bible periods will enhance your Bible study efforts.
Importance of baptism and ministering to the young and the mature are two topics I received instruction concerning in the school of the walk.
I have spent many years in an organized school environment (actually 12.5 years past high school). I continue to be in school in many ways. One of the ways is that I attend the School of the Walk. I listen to podcasts and other mp3 files as I walk for exercise. Today I had a couple of good classes. One was a class I have enjoyed quite often on Thursdays, for about five years from the podcast: PREACHERS IN TRAINING, by Robert Hatfield. The subject matter was: “Ministering to the Young and the Mature,” with Jacob Rutledge. This podcast is excellent and always helpful to those who carry on the work of a preacher and others whose interests include understanding preaching.
For my second class, I listened to another podcast. This was the regular recording of sermons provided by the West Huntsville church of Christ. The message I heard on “Importance of Baptism,” preached by Dave Miller impressed me. I could use many adjectives to describe how wonderful the message was. It was certainly one of the greatest messages on baptism I have ever heard. It was so well developed; easily understood; powerfully potent with truth; impossible to refute; and, I recommend that you pause what you are doing right now and take a listen: by clicking H-E-R-E.
Please check our SALVATION page on this site. The page contains audio, video and written material which is supportive of this theme of the importance of baptism.
I hope this site will be one that proves to be helpful to you and one you will want to visit regularly. I’m David Lemmons, and I preach for the Maple Hill Church of Christ in Benton, KY. We will seek to post items in the category of Bible study and activities of the church. We welcome you here and hope you will tell others where they can find us. We have many files we want to present here, but we ask for your patience as we begin the process of starting a site. It will be our desire to encourage you to go back to the Bible for answers to questions and problems you confront day by day.